One unpainted wooden chest from the craft store:
Plus this awesome tutorial on crackle finishes using regular school glue:
(my test sample)
Plus a little stiffened felt and coins, equals:
I thought about posting a tutorial for this, but honestly, this is it - the hardest part was actually finding the unfinished box to paint. I painted the whole thing dark brown inside and out (you could even spray it if you were so inclined/able), then did the crackle finish over the inset parts in a cream color. I gave it a couple of hits of clearcoat, and glued some felt on the bottom for more usability, but that would really be optional if you were just doing it for decoration.